Chancellor William H. McRaven
2017 Roundtable Keynote Speaker
6:00 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 1 | The Gaillard Center Performance Hall
This year’s Winthrop Roundtable keynote speaker is William McRaven, who will present “A Life in Lessons” – inspirational and informative wisdom drawn from his life of exceptional public service in the U.S. military and as a leader in higher education.
McRaven – who led U.S. Special Operations Command – organized and oversaw the 2011 Osama bin Laden raid. A retired U.S. Navy SEAL, four-star admiral, and #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World, McRavencurrently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System. His inspirational commencement address at U.T. Austin went viral, receiving more than 25 million views.
William H. McRaven is best known for organizing and overseeing the 2011 raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. He served as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command before retiring from the Navy and accepting the chancellor position at University of Texas, his alma mater. In 2014, McRaven’s commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin went viral with over 10 million views on social media. His best-selling book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World, builds on the core tenets laid out in his commencement speech.
About the Winthrop Roundtable
The Winthrop Roundtable is the signature event of the College of Charleston Libraries. The event showcases a renowned speaker each year in a presentation related to current events, politics, business, leadership or cultural exchange with the intent of inciting thought-provoking discourse and showcasing unique viewpoints to our community. The first Roundtables, held in John and Libby Winthrop’s Charleston home in the early 1990’s, were intimate affairs and provided attendees the chance to meet and learn from extraordinary speakers. The Roundtable outgrew Winthrop’s home in 1996 as word spread, and the College of Charleston Friends of the Library has since maintained the gathering’s original vision of showcasing notable speakers and engaging audiences in invigorating roundtable discussions. Past speakers of the Winthrop Roundtable have included journalists Dan Abrams and Cokie Roberts, diplomats John Kerry and Shashi Tharoor, business leaders Jeffrey Immelt, Martha Ingram, and Darla Moore, as well as military experts Gen. William Westmoreland and Col. William Grimsley.